Youth lose faith in Zuma - survey

2012-07-16 22:32

Johannesburg - South Africa's youth has largely lost faith in President Jacob Zuma's ability to govern the country, a survey has found.

Forty percent of the 12 791 people polled approved of Zuma's performance, but 51% said he was not a capable president. The rest were unsure how to rate him.

The survey also found that there were strong racial differences in opinion, with black respondents being most positive.

The respondents were from across the country and were all aged 18 to 34. The survey was conducted by Pondering Panda.

Most coloured, white and Indian youth did not approve of Zuma, the survey found.

However, in KwaZulu-Natal, 54% of respondents felt Zuma was a suitable leader.

In a separate survey, 60% of the youth said they would definitely vote in the country's general elections in 2014. Twenty-eight percent said they "wouldn't bother".

Pondering Panda spokesperson Butch Rice said the results of the two surveys were alarming.

"Previous surveys have shown that Zuma has lost credibility with the youth when it comes to delivering on promises of jobs and education. We now see that they also feel he is generally incompetent," he said in a statement on Monday.

"If he remains the ANC's presidential candidate for the next election, it could cost them dearly. The results of these surveys show that voter turnout will be key to political party success in 2014."

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-16 22:49

    What took them soooo long to realise he does not have the ability to run the country! He was on the downslide of control the day he took office!

      sally.lewitt - 2012-07-16 23:31

      Bob, as I can recall it was WAY before that.. Arms Deal for starters, just saying.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-17 06:31

      Because they were about 10 then...

      Koos - 2012-07-17 07:56

      The release of you know who signalled the beginning of the end.

      matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-07-17 13:10

      As a matter of fact Jacob Zuma is not running the country that badly. He is quite responsible for most of the deaprtments in the country, apart form a few bad eggs in some departments. Have soem faith.

  • mthokozisi.madlala.7 - 2012-07-16 22:54

    Just a propaganda you are pushing to discredit the president and you want to ensure that we do not continue to celebrate the appointment of Nks Dlamini-Zuma, whom the president worked hard lobbying for her

      john.dorian.1042 - 2012-07-16 23:44

      That useless air wasting individual. The AU can have her. Maybe you could get someone useful to fill her post!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-16 23:50

      @mthokozisi.madlala.7 - Maybe you should look around you and open your eyes ! Let me put it like this , what is not failing in this country ??

      Press - 2012-07-17 00:03

      @mthokozi.mdlala - nothing to celebrate re. Dlamini-Zuma - now she will probably put the whole of Africa on industrial strength Virodene . . . .

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-17 05:33

      mthokozisi.madlala.7 : Perhaps you should point out to us what exactly there is for the ordinary South African to celebrate.

      Koos - 2012-07-17 07:58

      Millions of dollars(Mandelas X 8.35) were paid to countries to vote for Sarafina Zuma.

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-25 20:20


  • Henk - 2012-07-16 23:06

    I am a bit unsure, ok let me make a cross next to ANC. Now i feel more sure....

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-07-16 23:18

    . . . and he will continue to drop in popularity if he does not wake up to the reality of the people's needs !

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-07-16 23:58

    Zuma is dividing this nation. He keeps referring to \us versus them\ to try

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-17 00:11

    These r good news indeed; it gives hope for the country; @ least our youth are not indebted to the ANC like some of our generations. It gives great hope that our youth can c through this useles and corupt president!!

      jakes.cakedregs - 2012-07-17 01:14


  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-07-17 00:17

    This is not news!

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-07-17 00:20

    The Youth are in serious need of education. No one is preparing them for adulthood, they are cultivated to remain a lost generation. \r\nSAD but TRUE, just take a look around you.. \r\nHe's out for his own and cronies gain, I does not give a FIG for our Youth.

  • Phumlani Madlala - 2012-07-17 00:50

    the racist white people and those who are not sure who are just mixing themselves needs to get over it,the Da it s not gonna govern anytime soon and stop assuming that you are superior than us,we know why we Voted this goverment and why are we still gonna vote for it ,u ve got your Da and awb issues to talk abt ,leave us with our ANC cos people utter uncalled for statements abt u because u provoke them so pls .the youth that they are talking abt here is the one that does like the Anc anyway

      john.dorian.1042 - 2012-07-17 00:58

      That's exactly where you are wrong. It's slip slidin away, slip slidin awayyaayaa...........

      Simon Le Roux - 2012-07-17 01:24

      Phumlani, you are in no position to comment on the political and social dynamics of our country. on the basis that you can barely spell or construct correct sentences.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-17 03:52

      We don't think we are superior we know we are superiour. Let's compare the way the Western Cape is run to any other province in the counrty, or any other state on the African continent. Proof is in the pudding my man

      Nita8P - 2012-07-17 05:35

      How can you refer to the \whites\ as racist if coloureds and indians voted? Those are races too you know. Face it, its not a racial thing but an anc thing. I guess we can clearly see who are the racists by just looking at comments like these.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-17 05:40

      Phumlani : I think that stone in your shoe is distracting you. Look at how the government officials live, compared to the ordinary people, and ask yourself why on earth you should vote for the ANC. Do you enjoy seeing the people suffer?

      lehlohonolo.kompi - 2012-07-17 07:21

      sure Phumlani. Its so obvious that the anc is gonna be in power for along time. we leave in Africa,we vote for African leaders and if we feel they ain't doin a good job. well we fire them. i'll never vote for any other party.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-07-17 07:41

      Phumlani is right the ANC are doing a brilliant job education is at its best ever , Limpompo text books is an imperialist lie , the roads have never been in better condition the potholes you see are just an illusion done through the wests wizardry , the corruption is a fabrication by the DA , so next election lets all vote ANC for a better South Africa

      tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-07-17 09:32

      As you write this nonsense you are probably unemployed & you don't have clean water. You are now used to dodging potholes that is if you own a car. You should also get sick, so that your wife or girlfriend can take you to a public hospital that doesn't have medicine & equipment, infested with rats & bugs. Don't dare go to a private hospital! You are probably one of those imbeciles who only fantasise about being rich by grabbing another mens hardwork instead of getting off your butt (stop smoking nyaope, sleeping around with girls, chatting on smart phones the whole time), but make use of your remaining braincells to build something for your own generation. People of your kind deserve to rot in your cocoons & shouldn't travel anywhere in the world. You shouldn't have watched Euro 2012 too. Otherwise you are a mischievous hypocrite. Shame on you!!

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-17 09:43

      Here is a thought for the people who say that they will always vote anc whatever the anc does or doesn't do. You actions and thoughts are anti-democracy! Your ideas effectively promote a 'one party state', and that is the antithesis of democracy and choice. Of course you are entitled to vote for who you wish to (in a democracy) but when your votes are based on allegiencies that cover up corruption and poor performance they will inevitably lead to a situation where choice will no longer be a part of your voting...democracy will no longer exist.

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:11

      you are the racist, idiot !!!

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-17 03:27

    The party conference in December to elect the leader of the ANC would be the deciding factor here and not a survey done in the suburbs. But by all the brunch's of the ANC for all over Mzantsi. If the sitting president wins there, he will surely be our president again, because the majority would have spoken. To those how don't like it, they will have to just suck it up for another four years and work with who ever is in charge.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-17 03:48

    Well I am willing to bet that it's the educated youth that thinks he is doing a lousy job. It can only be the brain dead that think he's doing a good job

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-17 04:58

    Down with zoom zoom down!

  • Fanie Masemene - 2012-07-17 05:04

    The youth has only been influenced with hatered by Julius with his personal issues with Zuma.So we'll be less thinking if we can call that \losing hope.\

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-17 05:20

    phumlani - i guess you are just one of the uneducated masses who believes the ANC will someday deliver - dream on!

  • david.thulani.98 - 2012-07-17 05:32

    this survey is not true ,becouse it has done in the township close to big cities,i disagree total,tell have done yor research places like ,south coast kzn ,zululand kzn ,estern cape transkei ,ciskei ,bisho ,if not this research is in mature to rule by it ,we love Jz GOV.

      Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-17 06:55

      I am young and i feel zuma is a disgrace to the cause of the liberation struggle. The less said about these mysterious surveys,the better.

      Leboela Pitch Lediha - 2012-07-17 08:49

      Dude, your Engrish though! You are a winner in Zuma's reign. Is Zimbabwe really Sugar Candy Mountain? Alas, cry my beloved Freedom/Country. Goodluck on your wishful mentality.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-07-17 05:41

    Although I do not believe these surveys but this one reflects reality. You do not need a survey to know that the majority of young people believe that jz lacks leadership skills

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:13

      unfortunately the problem is not just JZ, its the ANC, why is JZ president, because the ANCYL & COSATU threw a mini-coup at Polekwane & we now sit with a mess, they are all ANC

  • samuelk.mohlakoana - 2012-07-17 06:06

    Although im not happy too wth de style of de ruling party,the trueth should b told. This survey wasnt done to even 50% of der is a posibility dat de results can b totaly contradicting if implemented properly. So Sorry Sir ur findings are totaly not reliable. Secondly,der is a big racial issue wthin it which makes it to take another wrong direction. Same as circumcision which is said to b reducing HIV risks of contaction,de surveys r highly questionable.which other countries like Germany banned it. So b4 condluding go back nd see hw much ur information can be trusted. U need to establish proper reliable way of doing it.

  • samuelk.mohlakoana - 2012-07-17 06:06

    Although im not happy too wth de style of de ruling party,the trueth should b told. This survey wasnt done to even 50% of der is a posibility dat de results can b totaly contradicting if implemented properly. So Sorry Sir ur findings are totaly not reliable. Secondly,der is a big racial issue wthin it which makes it to take another wrong direction. Same as circumcision which is said to b reducing HIV risks of contaction,de surveys r highly questionable.which other countries like Germany banned it. So b4 condluding go back nd see hw much ur information can be trusted. U need to establish proper reliable way of doing it.

      Mauritz Venter - 2012-07-17 06:22

      U r hrting maai maaind wif ur spelling!

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-17 09:31

      All surveys are conducted using a fraction of the population or a group and then multiplying it with a deviation factor to make it more credible. Statistics 101

  • luckylwazi.malinga - 2012-07-17 06:54

    It is not the whole country that lose faith in jacob zuma the problem is in jrb.and those people who blame zuma they dont belongs in thi contry

      mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-17 08:03

      Where they belong

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:15

      with thinking like that, you should call yourself unlucky

      reg.nagel - 2012-07-17 12:48

      Hey ,lucky strike you do not belong here...????

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-07-17 06:54

    there's something wrong with the shower, no hot water #vavavu#

  • anthro45 - 2012-07-17 06:55

    When will they stop calling anybody above 21 a youth?

  • eduardhomes - 2012-07-17 06:57

    Let me correct this journalist about this article... The youth lost faith, already. JZ is under par as president of South Africa.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-07-17 06:57

    Because the Youth are more educated than him and all the ANC leaders... lol! I say WELL DONE!!! WE NEED THEM TO SEE YOUR A LIAR AND CON ARTIST

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-17 07:11

    I know eastern and western cape youth will never vote for zuma again come mangaung

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:19

      maybe you are right, but who are we going to blame next, the next president, this is not just about one man, to fix SA's huge social (and soon huge economic) challenges we need a competent, honest, educated, non-racist, fair government that can unite SA to perform like it should. Unfortunately the ANC are not up to the job, worse still is that they are not only not doing their job, but they are dividing (destroying) SA to protect their own skins.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-17 07:18

    This is encouraging. Jacob has charm, but that's about all he has. For its own survival the ANC must reverse BEE and re-employ Whites in the public service.

      thapelo.mashao.3 - 2012-07-17 07:39

      U're now plotting our downfall again chief.No we've had enough.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-17 10:52

      thapelo: Just trying to understand what you say. Are you suggesting that if whites are redeployed you will suffer? I guess that that if the most capable person was employed (whatever their colour) and that means someone less capabable will lose their job you are correct...the individual losing the job would need to look for a position suitable to their capabilities. So, yes individuals would fall, and maybe you would be one of them. But the country as a whole would surely benefit leading to better education and more employment opportunitiues. So I read two things into this. 1. You put your self interest above the interests of the country (many will say good for you, but it is important to understand your own ideas). 2. You do not accept the principle of appointing the best qualified person, and that explains a lot about why SA is in so much trouble today (for an example you need look no further than school books)

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-07-17 07:25

    HARD LUCK J.Z i cant stand by ur side...bye bye

  • Pixie86 - 2012-07-17 07:28

    i'm a black youth and i never had faith in him to begin with!

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:20

      yes, he should never have been made president in the 1st place, thanks to Malema & Vavi he was forced on us, now we suffer the consequences.

  • Alain Alexander - 2012-07-17 07:39

    Nice way to start my Tuesday:)

  • thulanit3 - 2012-07-17 08:11

    Lets wait for Mangaung,,,some people are just too confident and fooling themselves...JZ might emerge victorious...!

  • jmaliks - 2012-07-17 08:14

    hmm im glad we still have foward thinking youth outhere who have vision for this country.empty promises(jobs) bitterly cost him a lot

  • dmawila - 2012-07-17 08:40

    ANC, yes. Zuma, no way.

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:22

      ANC = Zuma = failure, they are the same, sorry!

  • Trevor Lovell - 2012-07-17 09:07

    "The rest being uncertain how to rate him." is this because they couldn't understand the question because of the amazing education they've received?

  • bongani.nzimande - 2012-07-17 09:15

    We don't have faith in zille also

      jenny.webbe - 2012-07-17 09:35

      Well bongani, you haven't given Zille a chance, have you? Do you really think she could do worse than the present lot? Why not give it a try at voting her in - you will certainly be pleasantly surprised.

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:22

      so where is your black led opposition then, or are you going to sit around & do nothing, like ZImbabweans

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-17 10:46

      Zille has failed black people in the WC how much more the entire country? SA would slip back into apartheid. The living conditions in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Langa etc are pathetic

  • pawmetmhla.mqadi - 2012-07-17 09:23

    if it was for these surveys anc would hv lost power long tym ago, can we rely on these surveys? Hell no!! this is just to make the opposition happy, n further divide the anc. JZ wil be president again, lyk it or not.

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:24

      wada wada, whatever, there is no conspiracy with the DA, the only conspiracy is inside the ANC, all fighting amongst each other for money & power. don't believe me, wait & see.

      sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-17 14:20

      What do you think DA want, if not power and fruits of being in power and to strengthen the white economic power over all of us for another 400years. No not again.

  • Hasani P - 2012-07-17 09:30

    With whites having governed this country for more than a century with an iron fist, I have no qualms with Jacob Zuma, henc the maority who vote for the ANC do not take whites's views who are against ANC seriously, because of the wickedness whites have displayed over the years with impunity.It had to take MANDELA 27 years in jail to make these whites realize their inhumanity towards blacks and Africans in particular. If Jacob fails the country we can all start from scratch on equal footing. You may not like what i am saying but it is the truth. Poverty is nothing new to Africans as we live in it everyday and are used to. Most of us are born in jail so there is nothing new here.The ANC know better than the minority party which has no regard and respect for other race groups.

      jenny.webbe - 2012-07-17 09:37

      The DA is no longer a "white" party. There are millions of black people who belong to them - they see a future for themselves and their children there. And no, most of you are not born in jail! What a ridiculous statement! Speak for yourself.

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-07-17 10:28

      you are living in the past my friend, the revolution is over, apartheid ended in 1994, we have had "democracy" for the last 18 years, & the ANC have not laid the foundation for economic & social progress, you can blame the past allllllllll you like, its not going to do a damed thing to improve your life, so try to forget about blaming & roll up your sleeves, & prepare to work hard, oh & make sure you kids get an education, especially seeing as how the ANC are trying very hard to keep them uneducated.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-17 10:53

      What the whites did to this country for over a century can not be undone in 18 years, ANC will continue ruling until we get it right, this country has done some good things in the last 18 years under the leadership of the ANC. We will not let the things the ANC got wrong overshadow the ones they did right. we will continue until they get everything right, we can not afford to let a white person rule this country again. Aluta Continua

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-17 12:39

      sanda: Do try to be balanced about what has been done by non-indegenous people in SA. Check the infrastructure development including roads and railways, check the remenants of a working health system (if you don't remember where J G Strydom Hospital is etc. Sure there were bad things done to achieve the development of what must have been a disease riddled primitive landscape, but considering how quickly it was all done don't you think you should give balanced credit instead of rhetoric.

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-17 10:27

    Kgalema Motlante must come already!!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-17 10:37

    That's good news.

  • bongani.nzimande - 2012-07-17 11:04

    What's The Point: a statement often uttered by apathetic people who have decided to accept the bondage of the system.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-17 11:45

    It is not only the youth that have lost faith, most south africans have lost faith in their country. It has been lost of fraud, corruption maladministration and a power struggle which is turning into dog eat dog. Who can we put our trust in. We have two names thrown at us. Sexwale and Motlanthe. These two guys are being pushed heavily but the ANCYL. Remember, they were prepared to die for zuma, so we got zuma, who we all thought might be good for the country. As it turned out Zuma was in it for Zuma and he has enriched all his family and friends at the taxpayers expense. Where to from here......we need a strong leader, a leader thay can put the SACP NUMSA AND COSATU in the back row and told to be quiet. We need a leader that does not have to wash peoples hands. We need a leader, who can pull us out of the rot we have fallen into. Find this leader, and he will have the support of every south african. This leader, will be hard to fiind, rarer than hens teeth I believe.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-17 13:42

      Maybe a part of the problem is the way we invoke FAITH as a critical issue here. Sure, I know that people are not referring to religion, but the fact that so many use faith in this context I think tells us something about how those people are thinking. Surely it is more appropriate to refer to a loss of CONFIDENCE in (whatever), or maybe that is too solid a concept that leaves little room for redemption...if you see what I mean!

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-25 20:37


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